Follow breaking news @lgbtqnation

Ariz. secretary of state, treasurer say governor should veto anti-gay bill

Phoenix Economic Council leader says backlash against the state has already begun
Saturday, February 22, 2014

PHOENIX — Arizona’s Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Treasurer Doug Ducey, both GOP candidates for governor, say a bill allowing business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs should be vetoed.

Ariz. Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R), left, and Treasurer Doug Ducey (R).

Ariz. Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R), left, and Treasurer Doug Ducey (R).

Bennett and Ducey join the growing list of state leaders and Republican gubernatorial candidates who say Gov. Jan Brewer should veto the bill, SB 1062, that was passed in the state legislature this week.

Several other GOP gubernatorial candidates have also weighed in on the measure. (Brewer is term-limited.)

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and attorney Christine Jones, also seeking the GOP nomination in the August primary, said Friday they don’t support the measure either.

Bennett called it unnecessary and divisive, Smith said it has the potential to negatively affect basic rights, including freedom of religion, and Jones said it should be withdrawn to avoid damaging the state’s reputation and economic growth.

Candidates Andrew Thomas and Frank Riggs didn’t offer statements on the bill, and state Sen. Al Melvin voted for its passage.

Among non-candidates, Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat, said Friday that Arizona’s economy would suffer a “grave, self-inflicted wound” if the bill becomes law.

And on Saturday, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) tweeted, “I hope Governor Brewer vetoes SB 1062.”

Advertisement
Barry Broome, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, said his office had quick reaction to the bill, telling KPHO-TV that four companies considering expansion in the Phoenix area have crossed Arizona off their lists.

Another business that was planning to invest $100 million in the state has put its deal on hold, and two companies indicated today that they’ve been fired, because the clients don’t want to do business in Arizona, said Broome.

Broome said the controversial bill will complicate the state’s brand, just as it is gearing up to host next year’s Super Bowl.

“If the governor doesn’t veto this bill, the effect on Arizona will be instantaneous and devastating,” he said.

Share this article with your friends and followers:

Archives: , , , , , , ,

Filed under: Arizona

67 more reader comments:

  1. The party begins to turn on each other! Yes !

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:08am
  2. And one of the two U.S. senators!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:09am
  3. una mierda

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:10am
  4. Even evil has standards.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:10am
  5. Yes, thank you universe

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:11am
  6. Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:13am
  7. signed!

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 7:11am
  8. She should sign it so this shit can be challenged and shot down once and for all.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:14am
  9. Looks like there is some intelligence in the AZ government after all.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:15am
  10. you damn right, He should grow soom balls and JUST SAY NO WAY ARE WE DOING THIS!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:16am
  11. I am old and have seen a lot of things but I have to admit pure shock over this law.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:17am
  12. Time to amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender expression.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:17am
  13. You think

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:17am
  14. How hard can it be to decide to do the right thing? Discrimination is wrong.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:17am
  15. Fuck Arizona.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:19am
  16. I guess they read my comment about boycotting Arizona’s tourism quote*** said it should be withdrawn to avoid damaging the state’s reputation and economic growth.***/quote

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:19am
  17. This isn’t new people this was tried with Ballot Measure 9 in Oregon and Amend. 2 in Colorado.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:19am
  18. Cool! Is this the GOP pulling their heads out of their asses or the good guys telling the haters that people are tired of their shit?

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:21am
  19. It is all about the money. The very threat of a boycott is having an affect. Republicans are running scared.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:12am
  20. There are some good guys in the GOP and that is to their credit. But yes, you threaten their wallets, you will get their attention. Embracing the LGBT community would be to their benefit.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:15am
  21. Good Guys in the GOP - Like Corn in the Shit .

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:39am
  22. They’ve killed their future in the GOP with that kind of sensible talk.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:30am
  23. Holy crap! Some of them do see reason!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:32am
  24. never in my life….did I ever think such a law would ever ever be written

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:42am
  25. what is happening??????

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:42am
  26. Thinking about all that money driving past ya huh…..yeah…

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:45am
  27. Boycott 2015 Super Bowl in AZ and any companies that sponsor or advertise the game, unless it is pro-LGBT and even the NFL needs to weigh in on this. How would Michael Sam feel in AZ games?

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:45am
  28. I think he will be just fine. Have you seen his press release from the combine? He tries out Monday.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:39pm
  29. Not gay, still not happy. Never going to AZ again.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:45am
  30. Thanks!

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:39am
  31. I strongly dislike this bill and am strongly for it being vetoed and withdrawn from consideration, however I hope it does get signed into law. That way when ARIZONA Looks LIKE GOP DUMBASSES of the LAND because they led this it will BACKFIRE ON THE GOP and show the GOP ONCE AND FOR ALL HOW STUPID AND OUTRAGEOUS THESE ANTI-GAY BILLS ARE!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:48am
  32. They already look like idiots and bigots... Even if the bill does not get signed into law.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:49am
  33. They are only saying veto because of losing money ,not because its a horrible thing to do.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:51am
  34. It needs to be Vetoed!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:53am
  35. Someone is smart enough to know a witch hunt when they see it….even Maine knew it was wrong….cracks me up the Christian preachers starting crap with the gays, but they’re the first ones to lift their legs in the air for a cock..lmao

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:56am
  36. Even if that small band of small-minded, pandering idiots hunkered down in the Arizona legislature clutching their bibles to their chests can’t see the best interests of their state, it’s good there are more level heads in the state to offer them adult supervision.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:58am
  37. Yay!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:59am
  38. You know….being Jewish goes against Christianity. Are they going to deny services for Jewish weddings too. Sounds like the law will let them.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:03am
  39. This is precisely why the founders in the 18th century provided religious liberty - not to turn religion on people but to get it off peoples backs - but then we are not as advanced as they were in the 18th century - better technology sure .

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:43am
  40. This is all such a huge set up…and I hope none of us a dumb enough to fall for it.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:04am
  41. VETO !!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:04am
  42. I knew the loss of money would put a spark up their butts. This bill ñever should have gotten this far or been a thought to write on paper.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:20am
  43. Why did it get this far? Leather face will probably sign it into law- her brain is fried from all that dry heat.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:21am
  44. I can’t imagine that the Supreme Court will not knock this down as unconstitutional. Still, 7 of the 9 justices are Catholic so who knows. It’s very frightening. Since the Republican/Tea Party cares only for the wealth of the top 1%, every business in AR should be encouraged to leave AR. Every person of conscience should stand up to this law by boycotting AR. It was once blacks who were refused service at lunch counters then Jews who were refused entry to clubs. Now it’s gays. It may be you next time.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:25am
  45. Yes she should!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:31am
  46. You think, so far every state that has tried it, has lost in court !

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:36am
  47. We can hope….

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:38am
  48. YAY!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:57am
  49. Whoa — there ARE some sane people in that state?

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:59am
  50. If the governor is a real grand old party republican she will veto the bill.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:20am
  51. Right on !

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:24am
  52. Veto the bill or we veto ANYTHING regarding the state. No travel, no tax revenue from businesses. No GAY nothing!! Well one thing. A big old Kiss my gay ass!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:00am
  53. WTF else are they gonna say now? They’re now running for their lives. MORONS!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:29am
  54. Even if they just do this for practical, financial reasons, it’s a step forward. If Brewer does veto, it would really surprise me.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:41am
  55. fuck this state!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:49am
  56. Good to see there are some republicans, who will stand up against discrimination …. Unfortunately they will probably get in trouble from the party for being this way !!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:50am
  57. Well DUH!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:21am
  58. Hit them in the pocketbook

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:54am
  59. Awww, how sweet! (NOT being sarcastic)

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 7:09am
  60. I feel like we are in the 60′s we just want to be treated as equals. I pay taxed like an equal.i vote like an equal. Why can’t I have the same rights ? Stop the h8!. Diversity rules.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 8:34am
  61. Money only thing gets their attention

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 10:14am
  62. The bill even make it to the governors desk in Kansas. Google should seriously consider creating jobs there instead of Ariz.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:10pm
  63. It is a shame that the citizens and businesses in Arizona will feel negative effects if this bill if the governor signs it.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:12pm
  64. Sanity!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:35pm
  65. Fuck all of you

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:46pm
  66. Visit Gov Jan Brewers page and send her a msg what you think

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:39pm
  67. People of Arizona, you have the power to vote these bigots out of office. do that, elections have consequences. I am sure they are not representing the people but those who pay their way to do what they want them to,do. REMOVE THEM!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:55pm